Michael P. Lynch

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Michael P. Lynch
Michael Patrick Lynch at Senate House.jpg
Michael Patrick Lynch at Senate House
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests

Michael Patrick Lynch[1] is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is also the director of the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute.[2] As director of the Humanities Institute, he has headed a Templeton-funded project on humility and conviction in public life.[3]


Lynch's early work focused on his pluralist theory of truth. He holds that truth is a functional property, i.e. that it is characterized by a particular function that can be realized in many different ways. For instance, some truths might realize truth's function by corresponding to reality while others might do so by cohering with a larger set of propositions.[4][5] His work on the value of truth has also attracted attention, including critical reactions from philosophers ranging from Marian David[6] to Richard Rorty.[7]

Lynch has also worked on epistemology, especially epistemological issues related to big data and democracy.[8] Lynch argues for the importance of intellectual humility in democracy.[9]


Lynch is the author of Truth in Context (MIT Press, 1998), True to Life (MIT Press, 2004), Truth as One and Many (OUP, 2009), In Praise of Reason (MIT, 2012), and The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data (Liveright Publishing, 2016) as well as many professional philosophical articles.[10][11][12][13] He was editor of the volume The Nature of Truth: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (Bradford Books, 2001), co-editor with Professor Heather Battaly of the volume Perspectives on the Philosophy of William P. Alston (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), as well as co-editor with Professor Patrick Greenough of the volume Truth and Realism (OUP, 2006).[14][15][16]

Lynch won the Orwell Award in 2019 for his book Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture.[17]


  1. ^ Weinberger, David. "Rethinking Knowledge in the Internet Age".
  2. ^ Kane, Brendan (2014-07-31). "Michael P. Lynch | Humanities Institute". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  3. ^ Gunn, Hanna (2016-09-06). "Mission | Humility & Conviction in Public Life". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  4. ^ See Truth as One and Many (Oxford: [Oxford University Press], 2009)
  5. ^ He has, for instance, argued for a coherence theory of moral truths in Lynch, M., Capps, D. & Massey, D. "A Coherent Moral Relativism" (2009) Synthese 166, pp. 413–430
  6. ^ "On Truth is Good'" Philosophical Books, 2005
  7. ^ "True to Life: Why Truth Matters by Michael Lynch. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. LXXI, no. 1 (July 2005), pp. 231-239.
  8. ^ "The Internet of Us | W. W. Norton & Company". books.wwnorton.com. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  9. ^ Resnick, Brian (2019-01-04). "Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong". Vox. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  10. ^ Truth in Context Archived 2006-09-14 at the Wayback Machine at the MIT Press
  11. ^ True to Life Archived 2008-06-02 at the Wayback Machine at the MIT Press
  12. ^ Truth as One and Many at Oxford University Press
  13. ^ In Praise of Reason for the MIT Press
  14. ^ The Nature of Truth: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives for Bradford Books
  15. ^ Perspectives on the Philosophy of William P. Alston for Rowman & Littlefield
  16. ^ Truth and Realism for Oxford University Press
  17. ^ "Michael P. Lynch Honored with 2019 George Orwell Award" (PDF). National Council of Teachers of English. October 2019. Retrieved December 9, 2019.